The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft was launched in October 1997 to study the famous rings and moons around Saturn. The spacecraft finally reached Saturn and began orbiting the planet nearly seven years later and, today, after 13 years in orbit and 20 years in space, Cassini plunged into Saturn’s atmosphere marking the end of one of the most successful missions in the history of interplanetary exploration.
Most of what we know about Saturn came from Cassini. Along with countless discoveries, the spacecraft unveiled the structure of Saturn’s rings and it delivered the Huygens probe to the moon Titan which has since been identified as a prime target in the search for life beyond earth.
This morning, Spacecraft Operations Manager Julie Webster called Cassini "a perfect spacecraft" and said "it did exactly what it was supposed to do."
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